Whittleton Trail

Park Activities

  • Hiking
Whittleton Trail
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
2135 Natural Bridge Rd.
Slade, KY 40376
Slade, KY
Daniel Boone Country


This trail was developed by the U.S. Forest Service and begins on the state park at Whittleton Campground. Hikers should park near the check-in-station and walk to the end of the left fork of the road. It follows a small stream known as Whittleton Branch for most of its length and ends along KY 15 at the entrance to the Tunnel Ridge Road. It is a connector between the trails in the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge. Whittleton Branch Trail follows the grade of a logging railroad built in 1898 that ran from Natural Bridge to Chimney Top. Watch for signs of the Mountain Central Railway as you walk this trail. Approximately .75 miles in, hikers have the option of turning right onto Whittleton Arch Trail which will lead to the rock shelter-like arch. This is one of the largest arches in the area. Most hikers use these trails as a pleasant round trip hike of 2-miles from the campground to Whittleton Arch and back. Elevation change of 280 feet.

    Trail Details
    • Length (mi.): 2
    • Difficulty: Moderate